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Royal Roundup - Nov. 22, 2017

U18 camp - with 2 RSL academy players, Atlanta makes roster moves, Almiron and Vanney win MLS awards, a Jones retires - (not that one), FIFA corruption revelations, bans and more.

Columbus Crew v Atlanta United FC - Eastern Conference Knockout Round
Almiron wins Newcomer award.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images


  • Two RSL academy players included in the US U18 camp. (MLS)
  • Not RSL, but Utah related - Utah Youth Soccer Association joins PDL, and starts team in Ogden. (USLPDL)


  • Atlanta United makes their roster moves. (AUFC)
  • Colorado Rapids sign Swedish MF Johan Blomberg. (MLS)
  • TV viewership increased for 2017 season. (SBD)
  • Plenty of room for improvement during Orlando City’s off-season. (SBI)
  • Satire Files - 2017 MLS season nearing cancellation after plot points take too long. (Nutmeg)
  • Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron wins MLS Newcomer of the Year. (USSP)
  • Toronto FC’s Greg Vanney named MLS Coach of the Year. (Goal)
  • MLS needs to start allowing teams to sell players within the league, not just ‘Garber bucks’. (FFT)
  • Former EPL striker Kenwyne Jones retires after being released by Atlanta United. (Goal)
  • Los Angeles FC sign Egyptian player Omar Gaber on loan. (MLS)
  • International players make MLS better (ProstAmerika)
  • MLS coaching landscape has changed after Caleb Porter’s departure from Portland Timbers. (FFT)

Other US Leagues

  • NWSL announces that FC Kansas City will cease operations. (NWSL)
  • One of the oldest clubs in the US has joined NPSL. (Midfield)
  • Althony Pulis takes over as coach of St. Louis FC. (SA)
  • USL to expand in Chicago for 2020. (SBI)
  • Seattle Reign sign English international Jodie Taylor. (TheBold)


  • Should US Soccer create a professional U23 league? (S&ST)


  • The president of Italy’s football federation has resigned after failure to qualify for World Cup ‘18. (PST)
  • During the current bribery trial in New York, evidence of FIFA’s corruption is flooding out. (PST)
  • Everton striker Oumar Niasse is the first player in EPL to be charged for ‘deception’ under new rules. (PST)
  • FIFA issues lifetime bans to 3 soccer officials for taking bribes. (PST)
  • UEFA Champions League results from this week. (SA)


  • NWSL best header goals of 2017
  • Dribbling on a treadmill?